Brooke Henderson received her tenth LPGA title in Hollywood as golf courses in her native Ontario have been ordered closed till May 20 as a consequence of COVID-19 restrictions.
While it’s a ray of sunshine for probably the most ardent supporters in Brooke’s Brigade, it’s nonetheless a head-scratching and irritating scenario for golfers throughout Canada.
“You know, I think golf is a great way to be outdoors and get some exercise, and it’s really unfortunate that they’re shut down right now,” mentioned Henderson after profitable the Hugel-Air Premia LA Open by one stroke over Jessica Korda. The 23-year-old is the winningest Canadian golfer in historical past.
“Hopefully they’ll open up sooner than later. It’s a great way to, like I said, get exercise, fresh air, and also have a little bit of social by doing it pretty safely.”
Rick Young, president of the Golf Journalists Association of Canada, penned a letter to Ontario Premier Doug Ford on April 19 that referred to as for a reversal of the controversial choice.
“Across North America, at this moment, Ontario is the only province, state or territory not allowing the sport to be played,” Young wrote. “This despite more than 26 million recorded rounds by approximately 1.8 million of your constituents with next to zero reports of COVID-19 transmission last season or this season.”
According to an article in the Toronto Sun, the Ontario authorities has closed all leisure facilities together with golf programs, basketball courts, soccer fields and playgrounds with some exceptions.
Grocery shops and comparable retail settings that allow in-store buying have been restricted to 25 % capability.